The Kentucky 1-4 Chapter of the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association (CVMA) was invited to meet at the Active Heroes Military Family Community Center in Louisville, KY. 15 of the local chapter veterans, normally located south of Louisville, braved the weather to the center to host their monthly meeting and ride as a group. The weather cut out the ride but the meeting went on without missing a beat. Veterans, military spouses and Auxiliary members utilized the activity room to vote on many chapter bylaws. The veterans really enjoyed the Military Family Community Center.
“The Active Heroes Community Center is an all encompassing veterans assistance facility with a welcoming atmosphere,” said CVMA Chapter XO, Rob Soice. “The programs available rival those of many military installations.”
Active Heroes first began working with the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association after an initial speech made by Active Heroes founder, Troy Yocum, in Radcliff Kentucky. Soon after, the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association selected Active Heroes as a local primary charity to support and donated $5000 from the National Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association to support the Military Family Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY. The Retreat Center is another program of Active Heroes that is in the first stages of development.
“The Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association supported the needed farm tractor project,” said Troy Yocum. “Active Heroes had raised $15,000 of the $20,000 goal when the Combat Veterans donated the last part we needed to purchase the tractor. Now we are able to clear large fields of the 144 acres of land and have fixed the parking lot with the front loader attached to the tractor so that more veterans can visit the retreat. Plus we love the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association sticker on the tractor.”
The Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association is an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Their mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms with a focus to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say “Thank You.” and “Welcome Home.” The membership is comprised of Full Members ( those with verified combat service ) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans ).
The local chapter will meet again at the Active Heroes Community Center in Louisville, KY on May 31st.